August 27, 2012/Detroit Free Press
Five Michigan universities made the list of America’s top 100 institutions of higher learning as ranked today by Washington Monthly.
The University of Michigan was ranked 13th, Michigan State was 34th, Michigan Tech was 63rd, Western Michigan was 90th and Wayne State 95th.
The rankings, in which the University of California at San Diego came in first for a third staright year, are based on what the publication considers a “unique methodology” that puts six schools from the UC system in the Top Ten.
The Washington Monthly rankings are based on “contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
“The main flaw in most college rankings is that they tend to measure how prestigious institutions are rather than how effectively they serve their students,” Washington Monthly said in a release on the rankings.
By its criteria, the publication notably ranks Harvard 11th, Notre Dame 16th and Yale 41st. Thirteen of Washington Monthly’s top 20 schools are public universities.